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London Forum Updates

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New basements need planning permission

Posted on: 5 December 2016 at 11:37:01
The High Court appears to have determined that basements cannot constitute permitted development and must always have permission.  See summary here.

Mayor's draft SPG on Affordable Housing and Viability

Posted on: 30 November 2016 at 11:39:58
A Supplementary Planning Guidance document has been published by City Hall on this subject for consultation up to the end of February 2017.
Applicants for subsidy-free developments that meet or exceed the 35 per cent threshold for affordable housing will not be required to submit viability information, as long as such housing is provided on site, and meets the borough’s specified tenure mix.

Posted on: 29 November 2016 at 10:50:19

Report for London Assembly on rogue landlords

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:14:44
Caroline Pidgeon, Assembly Member, is the author of the report.

RTPI report on 16 ways to address the housing crisis

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:05:12
The RTPI recommendations on this subject can be seen here.
There is also an RTPI paper on where new homes should be built.

Heathrow and Gatwick expansion benefits

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:00:40
An article in the Evening Standard commented on a Government report which claimed that a third runway at Heathrow airport was not as beneficial in some respects as a second runway at Gatwick.

Centre for London report on the future of the West End

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:58:31
The report and recommendations can be seen here.

Replacement London Plan - preparation and worshops

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:47:13
London Forum's members have been informed by an e-bulletin about the consultation and reviews that are taking place to inform the preparation of a replacement London Plan.
Sadiq Khan's summary of aims and intentions in a document 'A City for All Londoners' is here.  London Forum's members are urged to comment on the content of the document by 11th December by emailing 

London Finance Commission reconvened by Sadiq Khan

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:40:38
The purpose, terms of reference and membership of the London Finance Commission are here.  There should be a report of its findings shortly.

Housing policy of the new Government

Posted on: 22 October 2016 at 18:07:00
There have been talks and announcements recently on housing.  See Barwell on building homes for rentHCA appoints agent for Starter Homes and Government reviews pledge to transform 100 housing estates.
The chair of the CLG Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, has written to the DCLG Secretary of State Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP on the potential impact of the 1% pa cut in rents on supported housing.

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